New Salem celebrates the Morgan horse
Historic site to present demonstrations of
the horse’s modern role, explain breed’s history July 19
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[July 12, 2014]
- Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site will celebrate the
beautiful Morgan horse July 19, with demonstrations of the horse’s
modern role and explanations of how “America’s first breed” was
The Mississippi Valley Morgan Horse Club will make presentations
at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the area south of Dr. John Allen’s home.
The presentations will begin with the story of Justin Morgan, the
music teacher who owned the breed’s foundation stallion, and will
feature the historic role of the Morgan in the Civil War and the
westward expansion, farm work and recreational activities of the
Also included will be demonstrations of modern uses of the Morgan
horse, including trail riding, dressage, driving and society horse
shows. There will be ongoing horse activities to observe between
sessions, a large variety of free educational and promotional
materials, and an opportunity to visit with Morgan Horse Club
members and get up close to the beautiful horses.
The Museum Store and Gift/Book Store operated by the New Salem
Lincoln League will be open during the event.
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Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, administered by the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is located two miles
south of Petersburg and twenty miles northwest of Springfield on
Tours are free, although a donation of $4 for adults, $2 for
children or $10 per family is suggested.
[Text received; CHRIS WILLIS,
ILLINOIS HISTORIC PRESERVATION AGENCY]